Bruno Mars Sells Out Pop’s Nightclub
The smooth crooner packs the house for a post-Thanksgiving show.
Over fifty years ago, Elvis stole the hearts of girls and women all over the country with gyrating hips and a curl of his lips. Now there’s a new heartbreaker with a golden smile and a silky voice: Bruno Mars. Known for his collaborative work with B.o.B. and Travie McCoy, Mars is now enchanting his own loyal fan base with his debut solo album and headline tour “Doo-Wop and Hooligans,” which made a stop at Pop’s Nightclub the day after Thanksgiving.
In an age where ideas, fads and information are born, shared and grow instantly, the versatile Mars is a master of transformation, making new and old his creative own. During the concert, he proved that he has the musical talent and charisma to stretch across boundaries. His songs take on a range of styles: his hit “Grenade” has the intensity and drama of a Beethoven symphony, while “Count on Me” draws its laidback melody from his Hawaiian roots. He knows that while people buy concert tickets to hear his hit singles, they become true fans when his shows make the audience laugh, cry and squeal his name. Yes, he sang the obligatory songs (“Billionaire,” “Nothing on You,” “Just the Way You Are”), but he also rocked out with a mash-up of Nirvana’s “Smells like Teen Spirit,” Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” No matter the genre, Mars’ vocals felt comfortably at home.
With a newsboy cap atop his boyishly handsome head, Mars’ stage presence is reminiscent of the original musical heartthrobs from the ’50s and ’60s. Like Elvis, who Mars lists as one of his influences, Mars did his share of hip swaying and pelvic thrusting. Still he has a distinctly modern appeal, as seen in his performance of “The Lazy Song,” a witty ditty for the Snuggie generation. His performance felt genuine, organic and grounded, which is probably why every female swooned when he took a fan’s camera and recorded himself singing “Just the Way You Are,” even though he’s pulled the same move at multiple concerts.
On stage, Mars hypnotizes. It’s easy for women in the audience to believe that every luscious word leaving his mouth is sung for them; to men, he’s relatable and funny, like a best friend and wingman. It’s that mix of charm and chops that make his concerts energetic, magnetic and amazing just the way they are.
Photo credit: Photo by Derek Feldman